My baby sister is graduating high school today. It's so crazy how quickly time flies by. 18 years can go by in the blink of an eye. So inspired by this article I am writing a letter to her now that she is taking a new step in her life.
I'm just going to start off sappy because we know it's going to end up there. So let's get it out of the way. I love you. You are the most important human being on the planet to me.
The day I found out I was going to be a big sister changed my whole life, in the best way possible. It was when my memory starts.
I remember the first day you came home and I leaned in to your crib to watch you sleep and to get my first glance at my new sister. And what did you do? You rolled over and slapped me. That was our first interaction.
I remember Mom and Dad fighting about what to name you and I suggested Caroline and that became your name.
I remember when we were little and I would hold your hand and it felt like the most important job in the world. I had to protect you. It was my job as your big sister to take care of you even if it meant holding your hand to try to balance you when you could barely walk.
I remember looking at your little hand and the way it folded into mine.
I remember growing older and playing weird games that only we understand.
I remember staying up late and giggling and telling jokes and getting yelled at by mom that it was our bed time.
There are so many great memories that we've shared and we've only known each other for less than 18 years! We have so many more ahead. Soon we'll be at college together. Then we'll graduate and work might separate us. Then we'll have families and that might separate us too. But I know we'll always be close. Because I know for a fact that there are no two sisters in the world as close as we are. You're my best friend.
So to try to continue to try to protect you here is some advice as you grow into the flawless adult I know you will be.
Just always remember that I love you more than words can describe. I'll always be here for you and I know that you will accomplish amazing things.
Love forever, Natalie
Natalie. 25. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, nail polish, crafting, feminism, makeup, and Netflix.